Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
"How many times have you heard, 'What is WRONG with that person?' There is nothing wrong with that person, things are HAPPENING or have HAPPENED to that person." Dr Carlie Atkinson
Is Australia really a multicultural safe haven of equal opportunity? Or is racism more prevalent than ever before? Stan Grant took to the stage for the last IQ2 debate of 2015. His speech is widely acknowledged to be one of the most powerful ever heard at IQ2.
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is a unique human rights initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. mental health problems, addiction, suicide), as well as the impact of other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, experiences of paternalism and racism, and ongoing grief.
Sharing Culture is being developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, in close collaboration with filmmaker Michael Liu. They are supported by an international network of 40 Advisors/Healers, the vast majority of whom are world-leading experts in their respective fields.
Sharing Culture is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness. We adopt a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. In addition, we use principles known to facilitate healing.
Sharing Culture is building educational and storytelling resources that (1) empower Indigenous people to heal, (2) help create environments in which healing can flourish, and (3) reduce barriers to healing (e.g. racism, paternalism) in wider society.
This website uses Indigenous voices to help educate society about trauma and its impact, as well as Indigenous healing and culture. You can read or watch Healing Stories. David blogs on the website.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process. An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Personal and Community Healing Stories empower people by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging. Stories of healing initiatives help communities learn from each other, whilst Cultural Stories engender pride and facilitate cultural connectedness.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people. Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Why not take a Website Tour? Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our Facebook page for links to other important information. Finally, please read the beautiful, inspiring letter that David received from Rembarrgna traditional healer Miliwanga Wurrben.
Annalise spent a great deal of time working with the community of Napranum. A community that had long been considered one of Queensland's most disadvantaged. By working and engaging with the community, Napranum experienced a shift which has seen a significantly increase in jobs and infrastructure.
A Busy Two and a Half Months
My apologies for the pause in my blogging, but I've been very busy on two related projects... We have had a great time researching the life of Revel Cooper and have come across plenty of fascinating content, as well as some interesting and enthusiastic people.
Top Blog Postings
The Impact of Colonialism on a Young Aboriginal Australian
However, both took a joy-ride that led to their being taken out of the family and placed into a system that managed Aboriginal people, because it viewed their culture and Aboriginality as inferior, and requiring of alteration - even eradication.
Sharing Culture: 12 Ways To Facilitate Healing
1. The Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples must be recognised and respected: Sharing Culture emphasises that recognition of, and respect for, the Human Rights of Indigenous peoples is fundamental to improving their health and wellbeing. Society must ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and effective participation in decisions that directly or indirectly affect their lives.
'Ice addiction: Let's stop the scare tactics and tell stories of recovery' by Dr Sarah MacLean
To truly make inroads into the ice problem in our regional centres, we need to offer realistic messages about the effects that ice can have on people's lives - but also offer hope. The message has to be that people do recover from using ice and that help is available.
Recommended book - 'The Intervention: An anthology' by Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss
In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.
The Centre for Mind-Body Medicine
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) is committed to building healthy and resilient communities. They combine modern science, wise tradition, and human connection to create a powerful new medicine centered on evidence-based and timeless concepts: self-care and group support.
Canadian First Nations Perspective of Wellness
The First Nations Perspective on Wellness is a shared understanding of the holistic vision of wellness shared by British Columbia First Nations people. The basis of this perspective is to achieve health and wellness by taking a look at and nurturing the internal and external factors that affect wellbeing. Many of these concepts are based on traditional knowledge.
Please help Protect Arnhem Land.
Recovery From Trauma
The core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others. Recovery, therefore, is based upon the empowerment of the survivor and the creation of new connections.
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
Beth's Recovery Story: 'Becoming Beth'
I really shouldn’t be here. The number of times I put my life in danger, the number of times I tried to kill myself, the number of alcoholic withdrawals I went through, threatening me with death every time, it is a miracle that I am alive.
‘A journey toward recovery: From the inside out’ by Dale Walsh
People want to be able to make their own choices about their own lives. They want to be seen, heard, and taken seriously. They want to be part of the decision making which so deeply affects their everyday experiences. This taking back of power and being taken seriously are both necessary components of recovery.